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James Yorkston releases a new single, Border Song, on the 13th August 2012. It precedes the release of his new album, I Was A Cat From A Book, released on the the same date through Domino Records.
Border Song is another tantalising taster to James’ forthcoming LP, and further evidence that ‘I Was A Cat From A Book’ is arguably his finest work since 2002’s seminal Moving Up Country. Based around a frenetic, looping rhythm with multiple instruments crashing against each other on the verge of wonderful collapse, Border Song is a jaunty, fast-paced tune with James rolling his distinctive vocal amongst the cacophonous backing. It is an undoubted highlight of a fantastic, career-defining record.
“This is nothing, just a flirt, just a flicker, just a taster, of what it not to come…” – James Yorkston, Border Song.
I Was A Cat From A Book is James Yorkston’ first album since 2008's When The Haar Rolls In, and finds James playing with a new band comprised of members of Lamb & The Cinematic Orchestra alongside old friends. The album was produced by James Yorkston and Dave Wrench and mostly recorded live during 5 wintry days in Bryn Derwen Studios, North Wales. It's an album full of energy and great musicianship, and contains James' strongest and most bewildering set of songs yet.
Since the release of When The Haar Rolls In, James has published a book (It’s Lovely To Be Here), collaborated with The Big Eyes Family Players on Folk Songs & seen the 10 year anniversary release of Moving Up Country, his landmark debut album.
James Yorkston Live:
Friday 29 June – St Mary’s Church, Reading
Friday 6 July – Hull Literature Festival (solo show with music and readings)
Saturday 21 July - Sheffield Tramlines Festival
Sunday 29 July – Camp Bestival
Friday 14 September – The Duke, Theatre, Lancaster
Friday 21 September – Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
Saturday 22 September - St. Mary’s Church, Ashford
Sunday 23 September – Brighton, Brighton Ballroom
Monday 24 September – London, Queen Elizabeth Hall